Bar Review: Peacock Room, New Orleans

A short walk from New Orleans’ French Quarter and on the ground floor of the upscale Hotel Fontenot you’ll find the Peacock Room, which has been serving upscale cocktails — no TVs, even when the Saints are playing — to thirsty locals and visitors alike. On a recent trip — during the first chill of…

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Review: Jack Daniel’s American Single Malt Finished in Oloroso Sherry Casks

The American Single Malt market has been exploding in recent years in a trend that was acknowledged back in July of this year by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) when they officially agreed to recognize the unique category. Well, now Jack Daniel’s is joining the fray as they just unveiled their…

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Review: WhistlePig “The Boss Hog IX: Siren’s Song” Rye Whiskey 2022

Just when you think WhistlePig’s “Boss Hog” releases can’t get any weirder, they raise the bar again. Or at least they move it to entirely different building. For 2022, the Greek muse-inspired “Siren’s Song” starts as a standard WhistlePig rye which goes from its standard bourbon barrels into two types of finishing barrels: Greek fig…

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Review: Nikka Discovery Yoichi and Miyagikyo 2022

Nikka’s Discovery series, which launched last year, was a fun way to explore unexpected flavors from the Japanese icon’s two distilleries. While the 2021 expressions focused on the use of peat (or lack thereof), this year’s takes a deep dive into one of the unsung heroes of distillation: yeast. The two whiskies in this year’s…

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Review: 2019 Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha

The grapes for Borsao’s flagship wine are grown on the slopes of the Moncayo mountain in Campo de Borja, Spain. It pours medium ruby colored in the glass and exudes enticing notes of ripe blackberries and pepper on the nose. The palate follows suit and shows additional depth. Balanced with bright blackberries and gentle pepper…

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Review: Lagavulin 11 Years Old Offerman Edition Charred Oak Cask 2022

The collaboration between Islay’s Lagavulin and Nick Offerman continues with the duo’s third release: Lagavulin Offerman Edition: Charred Oak Cask. This 11 year old bottling was designed to pair specifically with steak and is made be aging the spirit in American and European oak casks that are shaved down and then heavily re-charred, really pouring…

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Review: Chicken Cock Chanticleer Cognac Barrel Finish

Grain & Barrel Spirits follows up last year’s Chicken Cock special edition rye with a much different luxe offering — a Kentucky straight bourbon that’s finished in Cognac barrels. No age statements here, but the mashbill is revealed as 70% corn, 21% rye, and 9% malted barley. Like other recent Chicken Cock bottlings, Chanticleer is…

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Review: Silverbelly Bourbon Whiskey

The latest celebribourbon is this bottling from — or rather, for — country music artist Alan Jackson. Silverbelly (named for the color of Jackson’s cowboy hat) is a sourced product from the prolific Silver Screen Distilling Company. In the bottle is a no-age-statement Kentucky straight bourbon made by Green River Distillery (formerly OZ Tyler) from a…

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